Addie Joss had an uncanny delivery which started behind his right hip and appeared at the last moment - often with blazing speed. In the middle of a four way pennant race he was called on to face Big Ed Walsh and he rose to the occasion with this, the second perfect game in American League history.
October 2, 1908 at League Park
: Batter for Shaw in 9th inning.
b : Batted for Tannehill in 9th inning.
c : Batted for Walsh in 9th inning.
Left on Base : Chicago 0, Cleveland 4.
Stolen Bases : Birmingham, Lajoie.
Length of Game : 1:32.
Umpires : HP: Tommy Connolly, 2B: Silk O'Loughlin.
Addie Joss Perfect Game Box Score
How tense was the crowd in this battle of immortals? One reporter wrote, "A mouse working his way along the grandstand floor would have sounded like a shovel scraping over concrete," and a half century later Arthur Daley of the New York Times described the performance by Addie Joss with, "the most astonishing clutch job baseball has had."
The Cleveland Indians were called the Naps during this time frame because their manager was non other than hall of famer Larry "Nap" Lajoie who managed while playing second base.
Addie Joss died three years after this game at the height of his career. During his first seven years in the Major Leagues he pitched this perfect game , a no-hitter , averaged twenty plus wins every season, and had seven one-hit performances.